Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Aleutian Islands

This morning is the first landing of the expedition in the Aleutian Islands, at Massacre Bay, Attu Island. The scene of brief but fierce fighting in 1943 between Japanese and American forces, Attu Island is […]


At Sea to Attu Island

At Sea to Attu island. Attu Island is the first destination for Le Soleal on this 12-day expedition through the Aleutian Islands. Roughly due east from Kamchatka, it is more than 500 nautical miles from […]


This is Petropavlovsk-Kamtchatsky

It’s a 3 am start from the Intercontinental COEX hotel for today’s flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. I’ve been assured that there is no need to book a taxi for 3:30 am, as ‘there are always taxis […]


A short trip to Seoul, South Korea

It’s going to be a fairly lazy day in Seoul, I think. I’m awake at 7:30 am after not enough sleep, and eventually, find my way to a very impressively equipped gym at the Intercontinental […]


Melbourne to Seoul

Melbourne to Seoul It’s an early morning start to be on time for Cathay Pacific flight 134 from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, the first leg of the flights from Melbourne to Seoul. The automated bag labeling […]


Meiji Shrine and the Streets of Aoyama, Tokyo

It’s overcast and smoggy again this morning, with rain predicted in the afternoon. Today’s plan is to visit the Meiji Shrine in the afternoon, with a wander around the streets of Aoyama in the evening. […]